Fishing & Miscellaneous Items - WTB - Ballyhood cowbell wahoo lure
THE HULL TRUTH is the world's largest FREE network for the discussion of Boating & Fishing. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world.
09-20-2011, 11:41 AM
I want to try it, just didn't want to spend close to $80 to do so. Anyone have a used one they want to get rid of?
This one: http://www.ballyhood.com/32_oz_wahoo_banchee.htm
09-20-2011, 12:02 PM
I have a couple of their wahoo lures but your title "Cowbell" confused me. I thought I knew the lure you were referring to, but after looking, it is not called Cowbell. It's their "Banchee" lure. The big one (64 oz) is $99 + shipping, and the smallest one is around $50.
IMO, your chances of finding a used one is close to zero (you can figger out why). But if you do find a used one, buy it - and if you find more than one used one, I'll buy every one you find - if that tells you how good they are. ;)
My advice is to bite the bullet and buy the big one - the 64 oz one. You will need a minimum of an 80 lb class rod to pull it. I've had my big one up to 22 kts and it stays in the water fine on a short bent butt rod spooled with 200 lb braid and a 150 ft topshot of 130 Ande mono. I talked to the guy who makes/sells these lures and he said with my set-up I should be good up to 26 kts! :grin:
My experience has been that I do not catch as many fish at these higher speeds, but the average size of the hoos I am catching is larger than the average ones I catch trolling slower with a trolling weight(s) and more conventional hoo lures. :thumbsup:
P.S. I did change out and shorten the wire leader to 200 lb Sevenstrand 49 strand as I did not like the wire that came on the lure, although on the smaller lures in this series, the rigging wire they use would likely be fine.
09-20-2011, 12:08 PM
Cowbell is the nickname I have heard so many times but Banchee is the correct name. The small one is $79.99 right now unless you know where I can get it for $50. I like the big one but don't want to be bound to 80 lb class outfits. I haves 80's but use 50's 95% of the time.
Just looking for something totally different. I need another wahoo lure like a hole in the head but this one is different and I want to give it a try. A decade ago when I started high speed trolling, my experience was the same as yours, fewer but bigger fish. The last couple of years, it is generally more fish at high speed but smaller. Not sure why.
**Just noticed, it is actually called Banchee(Cowbell) on their website.
09-20-2011, 01:30 PM
Yea, your right, on both counts - it's their pointy nose hoo lure that is $50. I saw that price and the 32 oz Banchee on the same page and connected the two - incorrectly. And I just saw the Cowbell next to it also - never noticed that name before.
You might post your "looking for a lure" request on the BloodyDecks website as the west coast & Cabo guys use a lot of this guys lures http://www.bdoutdoors.com
09-20-2011, 05:39 PM
I will probably do that. I did ask for the cost un-rigged, heck, they sell the rigging for $26 but probably will only take $5 off for deleting it.:)
09-20-2011, 06:20 PM
Those do look nice!!!
09-20-2011, 08:32 PM
I just had a THT buddy drop one off, it is sitting on my desk right now. He asked me if I can make him a few with the mods we made on some other lures.
I will check a buddies shop tomorrow and see if he has any solid stock that I can scab 2 take to another buddy and have him turn it down.......
If he does, I will let you know the $ and you can add your own rigging and skirt.
09-21-2011, 05:42 AM
Thank you. Let me know.
09-21-2011, 09:16 AM
Dang 26 knot? And u still catch at that speed?
09-21-2011, 11:14 AM
Dono. Have only caught um up to 22 kts. So far. :grin:
09-21-2011, 11:59 AM
18.5 - 19 knots for me. Never tried faster.